Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers ★★★★½

A wonderful artwork that serves both as a towering example of the rock-doc genre and as a beautifully meta deconstruction of same. Part behind-the-scenes of The National on tour; part exploration of brotherly love, fraternal bonds and what it means to be outshone; part introspective, self-referential analysis of director Tom Berninger and where he's going with his life. Layer upon layer of glorious, powerful entertainment.

Live Q&A with Edith Bowman, Tom Berninger and Matt Berninger from Hackney Picturehouse which accompanied UK preview theatrical screenings is featured on Dogwoof's UK DVD release, which makes for a pleasant addition to proceedings. Deleted scenes - all fun, but largely better off outside the feature proper - also show up in great number there.

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